HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Feb. 20-26
Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 26. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Ashaunti Brown, track, Admiral Farragut: Dominant in the throwing events, Brown battled through an injured ankle to sweep the shot put and the discus at the St. Petersburg City Championships. It was third straight season she won both at the meet. She also ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay.
Emily Gauvey, track, Mitchell: The senior cleared 5 feet, 6 inches to win the high jump at the Berkeley Prep Invitational. Then she topped herself at the Calvary Christian Invitational, topping 5-8, which is the best height in Florida (second in the nation) and set a meet record.
Mariah Galhouse, softball, Pinellas Park: The freshman was 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI double and a run scored in a 2-1 victory over East Lake in a key Class 8A, District 7 game.
Claire Feldman, softball, Newsome : The Utah signee pitched a perfect game against Palm Harbor University on Wednesday, striking out 18 of the 21 batters she faced in a 2-0 victory. That helped the Wolves remain undefeated at 8-0.
Maddie Lewis, softball, Chamberlain: The sophomore outfielder had two of the Chiefs’ five hits, including a two-run single in the sixth inning that was the difference in a 2-1 victory over Class 7A, District 8 rival Gaither.
Shannon Saile, softball, Land O’Lakes: The senior pitched four innings, giving up one hit and striking out six in a 7-3 win over previously unbeaten Nature Coast. A day later she struck out 11 in a 10-0 victory vs. Wesley Chapel.
Dakarai Allen, basketball, Largo: The senior scored a game-high 24 points, including the game-clinching free throws in the final seconds of a 56-54 victory over Pensacola in the Class 6A state semifinals, to help the Packers advance to their first championship game.
Darius Banks, basketball, St. Petersburg: The Green Devils’ top playmaker came through in the clutch, hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer and a scoring off a dunk that sealed a 71-65 win over Tallahassee Lincoln in the Class 7A state semifinals. Banks finished with 15 points.
Anthony Contegiacomo, wrestling, Nature Coast: The senior finally broke through for his first district title, pinning Weeki Wachee's Romeo Tzobanakis in 2:20 at last weekend’s A-6 meet. The title moved the 220-pounder to 44-1 on the season.
Jack Hubbard, baseball, Brandon: The senior threw a two-hit shutout in a 5-0 victory over district foe Lennard, striking out five and issuing zero walks. Hubbard is 2-0 on the season with a 1.31 ERA for Brandon, which is 3-0 in 7A-9 play.
Pierce Kimbrough, baseball, Hernando: The senior left-hander picked up the complete-game victory against rival Springstead. Kimbrough, who struck out six and walked three Eagles, has not allowed an earned run this season.
CJ Van Eyk, baseball, Steinbrenner: The junior pitcher struck out 11 and gave up just three hits in a 6-0 victory against district rival Plant. Van Eyk has a 0.35 ERA and 2-0 record in 20 innings pitched.
Voting is now closed.